News & Announcements

Daily School Absence Report

The UGDSB is reporting daily on school absence rates, allowing us to monitor absenteeism rates and transparently share this information with the public. To view the dashboard, click here

Inspiring Engagement with Parents & School Councils – UGDSB PIC invites you to its fall event

Posted September 18, 2023

GUELPH, Ontario – The Upper Grand District School Board’s Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) is inviting UG parents/guardians to join them at the free PIC event on October 25, 2023. Whether you are currently part of a school council or are looking to become more involved in your child’s school, this opportunity ...

Supports for students, staff and members of the Muslim community

Posted September 15, 2023

We stand in solidarity with the Muslim community. We acknowledge the profound impact of the tragic loss of members of the Afzal family in London, Ontario, and the observance of the current legal proceedings can have on the well-being of our staff, students, and the broader UGDSB community. Considering this, we appeal for empathy and support for those impacted. Our dedicated UGDSB Support Services staff are here to support students and can be coordinated through their classroom teachers. For staff, Employee and Family Assistance Programs supports are available.

Welcome Back to the 2023/2024 School Year September Information for Families

Posted September 1, 2023

September John Black Newsletter 2023 2024

Occupational Therapists at John Black PS

Posted August 31, 2023

Dear Parents/Guardians, This year, our school will have regular visits from an Occupational Therapist (OT) who works with the School Based Rehabilitation Services (SBRS) program at ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development. OTs are regulated health professionals who use their skills to help students participate in ...

Concussion Outside of School Hours

Posted August 31, 2023

A concussion is a type of brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. It can affect a student’s performance in both school work and physical activities. Rest is very important after a concussion because it helps the brain heal. While a child has a suspected or diagnosed ...

Dogs on School Property

Posted August 31, 2023

Please refrain from bringing your dogs onto school property during the school day. This includes during drop off and dismissal times to ensure student and staff safety. Thank you for your support with this!

Annual Reminder: Smoke and Vape Free Environment (2023-2024)

Posted August 31, 2023

The Upper Grand DSB provides a smoke and vape-free environment for its students, staff and others while on Board property, in accordance with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and Board policy 208.  This policy refers to all forms of tobacco, and any processed form of tobacco that may be smoked, inhaled ...

Annual Reminder: Video Surveillance 2023-2024

Posted August 31, 2023

As an added security measure, our school facility is monitored by 24 hour video surveillance.

Security cameras are in operation for the safety of the students, staff and the school community and for the protection of Upper Grand District School Board property. Information is collected under the authority of ...

Safety Drills 2023-2024

Posted August 31, 2023

The safety and well-being of our students is our highest priority. Although we hope that an incident that requires response from emergency personnel will never occur in our school, we must be prepared to respond quickly and effectively in case it does.

Each year our school must ...

Safe Arrival/Student Attendance Reminders

Posted August 31, 2023

Please read below a very important reminder about our student attendance/safe arrival routines, in line with Board policy 510: Student absences can be reported at any time (24 hours a day) by calling the school and leaving a message on the attendance line (line 100) Our office staff will follow ...

Medication at School?

Posted August 31, 2023

Does your child require medication at school?  Please ensure you have connected with us if your child has a new medical condition or requires medication to be administered during school hours. We will provide you with the required paperwork to support keeping your child safe! ...

Medical Plans of Care for Students With Life-Threatening Medical Conditions

Posted August 31, 2023

The UGDSB is committed to minimizing the risks for students who have asthma, diabetes, epilepsy/seizure disorder, life-threatening allergies and/or other serious health condition through the development and implementation of individualized Plans of Care. Please contact the office if your child requires a plan of care. Please note: Plan of Care information ...
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